Conference Agenda

July 25 - 26, 2018 / Convene, 117 W. 46th St., NYC

Day 1

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

11:30am - 12:00pm (30mins)

Early Entry & Registration

12:00pm - 1:00pm (60mins)

Lunch

1:00pm - 1:15pm (15mins)

Welcome Remarks

1:15pm - 1:40pm (25mins)

Keynote

How Levi's Capitalizes on Their Latent Store Potential and Innovates for the Future

Carrie Ask
EVP and President of Global Retail @ Levi Strauss & Co.

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1:45pm - 2:10pm (25mins)

Keynote

ThirdLove Disrupts the Lingerie Industry With Data and Fit

Ra'el Cohen
Chief Creative Officer @ ThirdLove

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2:15pm - 2:45pm (30mins)

Panel

Marketing Playbooks for All Sizes: Strategies for Standing Out from the Crowd

Mark Chou
VP, Growth Marketing and E-Commerce @ Away

Bree Casart
VP eCommerce & Digital Marketing @ West Elm

Alex Miller
SVP Customer Expansion & Marketing Strategy @ Qurate Retail Group

Tomer Tagrin
Founder & CEO @ Yotpo

Moderator: Melissa Grillo
VP Platform @ Forerunner Ventures

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2:45pm - 2:55pm (10mins)

Break

Breakout Sessions: Mastering the Conversion Funnel

2:55pm - 3:15pm (20mins)

Session 1

Track: Driving Awareness

Breakthrough Digital Tactics to Grow Awareness

Amit Shah
CMO @ 1800Flowers

Dave Atchison
CEO @ New Engen

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Track: Creating Interest

Mastering CRM and Customer Segmentation

Susan White Morrissey
Founder & CEO @ White + Warren

Karen DiClemente
Strategy Director @ Listrak

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Track: Inspiring Action

Boosting Conversion in a Mobile-First World

3:25pm - 3:45pm (20mins)

Session 2

Track: Driving Awareness

Offline Strategies Driving Online Growth

Nick Fairbairn
SVP of Marketing @ Le Tote

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Track: Creating Interest 

Optimizing Digital Touchpoints Using Customer Data

Tim Bryan
Chief Revenue Officer @ Custora

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Track: Inspiring Action

Innovative Approaches for Customer Re-engagement

Kat Berman
Head of Global Sales Enablement @ Selligent

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3:55pm - 4:25pm (30mins)

Roundtables

4:25pm - 4:40pm (15mins)

Break

4:40pm - 5:10pm (30mins)

Panel

Making the Business Case for Marketing Innovation

Amit Shah
CMO @ 1-800 Flowers

Gregoire Baret
GM, Omnichannel Experience @ The Aldo Group

Prama Bhatt
SVP, Digital & eCommerce @ Ulta Beauty

Ryan Urban
CEO @ BounceX

Moderator: Laura Heller
Editor of Retail Dive

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5:15pm - 5:40pm (25mins)

Keynote

Future of Stores: Adding Technology to Brick & Mortar Retail

Aaron Sanandres
CEO, Co-founder @ UNTUCKit

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Day 2

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

8:00am - 9:00am (1hr)

Breakfast

9:00am - 9:15am (15mins)

Welcome Remarks

9:15am - 9:40am (25mins)

Keynote

Learning from Footlocker's Success: Transitioning from Bricks to Clicks

Vijay Talwar
President, Digital @ Footlocker.com

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9:45am - 10:10am (25mins)

Keynote

Why Retention is Vital to Acquisition Now and Why Neither Will Matter in the Future

Pini Yakuel
CEO @ Optimove

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10:10am - 10:25am (15mins)

Break

10:25am - 10:55am (30mins)

Panel

Are Algorithms Killing Agencies?

Jesse Horwitz
Co-Founder @ Hubble

Charlie Cole
Global Chief eCommerce Officer @ Tumi/Samsonite

Eric Tsai
VP of Marketing & Analytics @ Joybird

Jeremy Miller
VP of Marketing  @ Sentient

Moderator: Sarah Nassauer
Reporter @ The Wall Street Journal

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11:00am - 11:30am (30mins)

Panel

The Role of Amazon in World of Direct to Consumer Brands

Sid Jatia
VP of Global eCommerce @ Under Armour

Cheryl Kaplan
President @ M. Gemi

George Nahra
SVP of Business Development @ Chico's FAS, Inc.

Josh Owens
CEO @ SupplyKick

Moderator: Ruthie Ackerman
Deputy Editor @ Women@Forbes

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11:35am - 12:05pm (30mins)

Roundtables

12:05pm - 1:00pm (55mins)

Lunch

1:00pm - 1:25pm (25mins)

Keynote

Audience Reacts: How You Put Consumers Back in the Center of Advertising

Joanna O'Connell
VP, Principal Analyst Serving B2C Marketing @ Forrester

Farzana Nasser
Partner @ Chameleon Collectives

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1:30pm - 2:00pm (30mins)

Panel

Shifting Consumer Behaviors Shaping Retail

Beth Ferreira
Managing Director @ FirstMark

Anu Duggal
Founding Partner @ Female Founders Fund

Jamison Hill
Principal @ Bain Capital Ventures

Moderator: Tiffany Hsu
Reporter @ The New York Times

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2:00pm - 2:15pm (15mins)

Break

Breakout Sessions: Acquisition Deep Dive

2:15pm - 2:35pm (20mins)

Session 1

Track: Acquisition, Non-Social

Three TV & Video Strategies for Customer Acquisition

Track: Social Media Marketing

Going Viral: Why Care/of Builds "Word of Mouth" Into Every Product

Craig Elbert
CEO @ Care/of

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Track: New Technologies Shaping Marketing

How Messaging and Voice Assistants Will Transform Search and Marketing

2:45pm - 3:05pm (20mins)

Session 2

Track: Acquisition, Non-Social

How Chewy Uses Customer Service as an Acquisition Strategy

Kelli Durkin
VP of Customer Service @ Chewy

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Track: Social Media Marketing

Successfully Scaling on the Hypercrowded Facebook and Instagram Platforms

Emily Hickey
Founder @ Chief Detective Growth Consulting

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Track: New Technologies Shaping Marketing

Optimizing Conversion with New Payment & Gifting Technologies

3:15pm - 3:35pm (20mins)

Session 3

Track: Acquisition, Non-Social

Amazon Advertising: Gaming the System to Win

Todd Bowman
Senior Director of Amazon and eRetail @ Merkle

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Track: Social Media Marketing

Strategies for The New Social Platforms

Track: New Technologies Shaping Marketing

Marketing on Autopilot: AI & Predictive Marketing

3:45pm - 4:05pm (20mins)

Session 4

Track: Acquisition, Non-Social

Maximizing CLTV & ROI by Incentivizing Consumer Behavior

Dan Marques
VP, eCommerce & Online Marketing @ Talbots

Bob Glazer
CEO @ Acceleration Partners

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Track: Social Media Marketing

Loyalty 2.0: Turning Your Best Customers Into an Acquisition Machine

Eve Loughran
Director of Digital Marketing @ Vince Camuto

Talia Cirangle
Senior Strategic Customer Success Manager @ Extole

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Track: New Technologies Shaping Marketing

The Home Depot Scales Powerful Image Creation and Personalization with CGI

Tere Robinson
Chief Client and Integration Officer @ CreativeDrive

Stacie Santana
Director, Creative Services @ The Home Depot

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4:05pm - 4:20pm (15mins)

Break

4:20pm - 4:45pm (25mins)

Keynote

Micro Storytelling: Estée Lauder’s Strategy for Customer Acquisition and Engagement

Tricia Nichols
VP, Global Consumer Marketing & Engagement @ Estée Lauder

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4:50pm - 5:15pm (25mins)

The Nexty's

Awards Recognizing Marketing Achievements in Retail and Ecommerce

5:15pm - 6:15pm (1hr)

Closing Reception

We open the GrowCommerce 2017 Conference with insights from a true digital commerce veteran. Miki Berardelli’s 20+ year eCommerce leadership career spans companies like Tory Burch, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Chico’s FAS. In her Keynote session, Miki will discuss how her experience manifests itself in her role as CEO of Kidbox as well as informs the drivers of Kidbox’s success: listening to all of their customers, analyzing data properly, using technology in innovative ways and building a culture of giving. Start your conference day off right with an entertaining and informative talk infused with two decades of well-earned knowledge and wisdom.

About the Speaker

Miki Berardeli

Speaker | CEO of KidBox

Miki joined KIDBOX LLC — the first kids’ style box offering cool brands, amazing savings and a mission to clothe one million children in need — as Chief Executive Officer in September 2016. From 2014 to 2016, Miki was President, Digital Commerce & Chief Marketing Officer, EVP at Chico’s FAS. She oversaw the Digital Commerce business and Marketing strategy for three distinct brands, Chico’s, White House Black Market and Soma Intimates. Prior to this role, Miki was Chief Marketing Officer at Tory Burch from 2009 to 2014 where she was responsible for global Marketing, Public Relations and Digital Commerce. Prior to joining Tory Burch, Miki was Senior Vice President of Marketing at Ralph Lauren where she spent nearly eight years developing and leading multi-channel marketing strategy for the retail businesses.

She was recognized in 2011 as one of the “Top Women in Cross-Channel Retail,” in 2013 as one of Brand Innovators “Top 50 Women Brand Marketers,” as one of the “Ten of Tomorrow” by Women’s Wear Daily, and received the “Silver Plaque Award” from the NRF in 2015 for her contributions to the retail industry.

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Stacie Santana

Speaker | Director, Creative Services @ The Home Depot

Tere Robinson

Speaker | Chief Client and Integration Officer @ The Home Depot

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Talia Cirangle

Speaker | Senior Strategic Customer Success Manager @ Extole

Eve Loughran

Speaker | Director of Digital Marketing @  Vince Camuto

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Joanna O'Connell

Speaker | VP, Principal Analyst Serving B2C Marketing @ Forrester

Farzana Nasser

Speaker | Partner @ Chameleon Collective

Farzana is an award-winning digital marketing executive and entrepreneur with experience building companies and enabling organizations to promote products that delight consumers and achieve business results. She is a Marketing Strategy Consultant at Chameleon Collective and President of mBolden (formerly Women in Wireless). Her breadth of experience includes brand management at a Fortune 500 corporation, digital and mobile strategy consulting, product management and marketing. She founded Gallop Labs, a marketing technology company leveraging behavioral data to intelligently target and optimize marketing using predictive analytics.

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Aaron Sanandres

Speaker | CEO and Co-founder @ UNTUCKit

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Tim Bryan
Speaker | Chief Revenue Officer @ Custora

Tim Bryan is the Chief Revenue Officer at Custora. He has spent the last three years helping Custora establish itself as the leading customer analytics platform for retailers. Prior to working for Custora, he was the Chief Revenue Officer at Moveable Ink. He has also worked in media sales and advertising for Time, Inc., A&E, and The New York Times. Tim has a Bachelors of Art in English from Syracuse University. Tim lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.

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Nick Fairbairn

Speaker | SVP of Marketing @ Le Tote

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Todd Bowman

Speaker | Sr. Director, Amazon & eRetail @ Merkle

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Bob Glazer

Speaker | CEO @ Acceleration Partners

Dan Marques

Speaker | VP, eCommerce & Online Marketing @ Talbots

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Emily Hickey

Speaker | Founder @ Chief Detective Growth Consulting

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Kelli Durkin

Kelli Durkin

Speaker | VP of Customer Service @ Chewy

Kelli Durkin is VP of Customer Service at Chewy. In her position, she oversees an award-winning customer service department that provides an exceptional level of service to Chewy customers. Kelli has been with Chewy almost since day one, having been the fourth person hired when the company launched in 2011. She started as Director of Customer Service and was initially a one-man department. However, that very quickly changed. After more than six years with the company, Kelli now oversees a team of more than 1,000 in the department, including customer service training, operations and the WOW team, a division dedicated exclusively to customer engagement. A native of Central Florida, Kelli is the proud pet parent of Bruno, a five-year-old French Bulldog, and Wynnie, a one-year-old English Bulldog.

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Craig Elbert

Speaker | CEO @ Care/of

Craig Elbert is co-founder and CEO of Care/of, a digitally-native vitamins and supplements brand focused on creating a personalized experience. Prior to Care/of, Craig led marketing at Bonobos, the digitally-native mens apparel brand. He has an MBA from Wharton and a BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

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Susan White Morrissey

Speaker | Founder and CEO @ White + Warren

Susan established White + Warren 20 years ago, as a luxury, yet accessible cashmere label. Her background in retail and wholesale helped foster an understanding and passion for the industry. The original mission of the brand, which still remains paramount today was to build a business model with integrity, develop and retain a strong corporate community, seek out manufacturers that take pride in utilizing responsible processes, and support charitable initiatives near and dear to the company’s heart.

White’s years of experience have enabled a unique insight into all steps of the process, from concept to customer. As CEO, White brings her extensive expertise to the leadership of White + Warren, where she continues to proudly steer operations at the label’s beautiful NYC showroom off of Bryant Park. White resides in New York City. Outside of the office White loves to cook for family and friends, and go for long bike rides along the Hudson River.

Karen DiClemente

Speaker | Strategy Director @ Listrak

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Kat Berman

Speaker | Head of Global Sales Enablement @ Selligent

With nearly 20 years of marketing experience spanning strategy, service and product management, Kat has been in the digital realm for most of her career. She was an early pioneer who launched the digital group for Penguin books in the 90s and created some of the first online sites and campaigns on behalf of major authors like Stephen King, Tom Clancy, and Tad Williams. Later in her career she continued to work with major brands across verticals helping them realize the true power of Omnichannel engagement. When not dreaming about online dialogues she can be found swimming laps for leisure or playing with her kids in the park.

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Melissa Grillo

Moderator | VP Platform @ Forerunner Ventures

Mark Chou

Speaker | VP, Growth Marketing and E-Commerce @ Away

Mark Chou is VP, Growth Marketing and E-Commerce at Away, a brand designing thoughtful objects for modern travel. Prior to joining Away, he led marketing and strategic partnerships at ONA and served as Managing Director of the New York Fashion Tech Lab. Before joining the Lab, Mark worked in e-commerce strategy at Ralph Lauren, early-stage investing at the New York City Investment Fund, and investment banking at The Blackstone Group.

Bree Casart

Speaker | VP, eCommerce & Digital Marketing @ West Elm

Bree Casart is an eCommerce and digital marketing executive who works with retailers to build engaging consumer experiences online.

With over 10 years of retail experience, Bree believes in constructing customer journeys that are born through data-driven experiments and centered on the individual.

Currently, at west elm, Bree has helped to significantly grow the brand’s customer base and increase revenue from $250M to $1B in sales.  With experience in merchandising and inventory planning, Bree has a solid foundation in the fundamentals of retail and her background in management consulting keeps her focused on delivering results.

Bree holds an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a BA in International Political Economy from The Colorado College.

Alex Miller

Speaker | SVP of Customer Expansion & Marketing Strategy @ Qurate Retail Group

Alex Miller was named Senior Vice President, Customer Expansion & Marketing Strategy for Qurate Retail Group in January 2018. In this role, Alex is responsible for developing customer marketing strategies across QVC and HSN, overseeing the planning, development and execution of all customer marketing initiatives for these businesses globally.

Previously, Alex was Senior Vice President of Digital Commerce for QVC, Inc., responsible for developing the business and experience strategy across QVC’s digital platforms – web, mobile, tablet and social – globally. This included accountability for platform strategy and development, eCommerce sales, Customer Marketing, and QVC’s social business and experience. Alex joined QVC in 2001 and has held various positions of increasing responsibility, including Director of eMarketing and Vice President eCommerce. 

Alex came to QVC from iGrandparents.com, where as Director of Product Development, he was responsible for the total user experience of the newly launched site. Prior to that, Alex was a National Account Executive for the AT&T Corporation and a Communications & Pursuit Strategist at Ernst & Young LLP.

Alex serves as a Board Member of Shop.org and the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry and as an advisor for Dreamit, an early-stage start-up accelerator. 

Tomer Tagrin

Speaker | Founder & CEO @ Yotpo

About the Speakers

Laura Heller

Moderator | Editor of Retail Dive

Laura Heller has been reporting on mass-market retail trends and initiatives since 1995 as a reporter for B2B magazines, business outlets and websites including Forbes and The Week. She has appeared on national TV and radio programs discussing retail trends including CNBC, ABC News Now and National Public Radio. Her blog – “The Point of Purchase” – appears on Forbes.com. She currently serves as Senior Editor at Retail Dive.

Amit Shah

Speaker | CMO @ 1-800 Flowers

As Chief Marketing Officer, 1-800-Flowers.com, Amit is responsible for leading a multi-channel marketing strategy for the brand across online, digital and social channels. Additionally, he manages innovation partnerships and provides strategic direction for the growth and development of mobile and social commerce across the company’s entire portfolio of brands.

Amit has a proven track record for leading digital and performance marketing, while rapidly scaling user acquisition and revenue streams. He joined 1-800-Flowers.com in September 2011 to manage online, mobile and social marketing initiatives. Over the next several years, he was promoted to roles of increasing responsibility and was named Chief Marketing Officer in March 2017. Prior to joining the company, Amit held strategy and business development roles at FTD, Visiting Nurse Service of New York and McKinsey & Company.

Under Amit’s leadership, the company continues to be at the forefront of implementing new and emerging technologies. To nurture and grow the entrepreneurial spirit across the company’s portfolio of brands, Amit oversees the company’s Digital Leadership Program, an incubator for young talent and catalyst for driving innovation throughout the organization.

Amit is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Mobile Marketing Association. He has a master’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Bowdoin College.

Gregoire Baret

Speaker | GM, Omnichannel Experience @ The Aldo Group

Grégoire Baret joined the ALDO Group in 2015 as a General Manager, heading the Experience Design. He oversees UX, Service Design, E-commerce Experience and Connected Retail practices. His team's mission is to design services made to enhance the shopping journey for consumers and sales associates, to frame consistency & continuity through all touch points, as well as to drive pilots and tests on new concepts. Prior to this role, he was on the agency side, in a string of senior roles at digital agencies, including Razorfish in Paris. He has counseled international brands such as L’Oréal, Adidas, Levi’s, Nike, Nissan, Guerlain or PlayStation.

Prama Bhatt

Speaker | SVP, Digital & eCommerce @ Ulta Beauty

Ryan Urban

Speaker | CEO @ BounceX

About the Speakers

Amit Shah

Speaker | CMO @ 1-800 Flowers

As Chief Marketing Officer, 1-800-Flowers.com, Amit is responsible for leading a multi-channel marketing strategy for the brand across online, digital and social channels. Additionally, he manages innovation partnerships and provides strategic direction for the growth and development of mobile and social commerce across the company’s entire portfolio of brands.

Amit has a proven track record for leading digital and performance marketing, while rapidly scaling user acquisition and revenue streams. He joined 1-800-Flowers.com in September 2011 to manage online, mobile and social marketing initiatives. Over the next several years, he was promoted to roles of increasing responsibility and was named Chief Marketing Officer in March 2017. Prior to joining the company, Amit held strategy and business development roles at FTD, Visiting Nurse Service of New York and McKinsey & Company.

Under Amit’s leadership, the company continues to be at the forefront of implementing new and emerging technologies. To nurture and grow the entrepreneurial spirit across the company’s portfolio of brands, Amit oversees the company’s Digital Leadership Program, an incubator for young talent and catalyst for driving innovation throughout the organization.

Amit is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Mobile Marketing Association. He has a master’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Bowdoin College.

Dave Atchison

Speaker | CEO @ New Engen

Dave is CEO of New Engen, a performance-driven marketing technology company accelerating customer growth through digital marketing optimization. Prior to New Engen, Dave was SVP of Marketing at zulily where he was responsible for aggressive growth through email, affiliate/partner marketing, SEM, SEO, viral marketing and social networking. Prior to zulily, Dave was Director of Marketing and Analytics at Red Envelope where he helped drive significant year over year growth in a down economy.

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Ra'el Cohen

Speaker | Chief Creative Officer @ ThirdLove

Ra’el Cohen is the Chief Creative Officer at ThirdLove. Ra’el began her career designing Mervyn’s contemporary lingerie label H&H for the retail giant Target Corp. In her seven years with the company she quickly rose through the ranks from lingerie to junior’s fast fashion, managing a team through the development and design process for the brand. She then caught the entrepreneurial bug and left to launch her own high-end lingerie line, Luv & Honey. Cohen holds an undergraduate degree in Fashion Design from The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

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Vijay

Vijay Talwar

Speaker | President, Digital @ Footlocker

Vijay Talwar serves Foot Locker, Inc. as President - Digital overseeing their global digital portfolio. Vijay has served as the CEO, CFO and President at Blue Nile, and was CEO of the William J. Clinton Foundation India. Vijay also worked at Nike, where he served as the Chief Operating Officer for Central Europe, Middle East and Africa. Prior to Nike, Vijay was a Consultant at Bain & Company. Vijay holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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Tricia Nichols

Speaker | VP, Global Consumer Marketing & Engagement @ Estée Lauder

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Carrie Ask

Carrie Ask

Speaker | EVP and President, Global Retail @ Levi Strauss & Co.

Carrie Ask is the Executive Vice President and President, Global Retail for Levis Strauss & Co. where she is responsible for leading all aspects of Levi Strauss & Co.’s global retail business. She oversees more than 2,800 retail stores, including franchised, company-operated mainline and outlet stores, and shop-in-shops dedicated to the Levi’s® and Dockers® brands. She works in close partnership with the global ecommerce team to grow a best in class, seamless direct-to-consumer retail business.

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Pini Yakuel

Speaker | CEO @ Optimove

Pini Yakuel is founder and CEO of Optimove, provider of the Science-First Relationship Marketing Hub. Pini’s extensive experience in analytics-driven marketing, business consulting and sales, along with his innovative approaches to entrepreneurship and business-building, have earned him recognition as a thought leader. Pini has led Optimove to become a market leader, with hundreds of brands using his company’s software and services to orchestrate and automate highly-effective personalized CRM.

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Sarah Nassauer

Moderator | Reporter @ The Wall Street Journal

Sarah Nassauer is a New York City-based reporter at The Wall Street Journal covering large retailers and ecommerce. She writes about everything from traditional retail's battle with Amazon to Walmart's office drinking policies. Sarah joined the Journal over a decade ago, including stints writing feature stories about food companies and the French politics. Previously she worked for CNBC Europe and the Dow Jones Newswire. She is Minnesota native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

Jesse Horwitz

Speaker | Co-Founder @ Hubble

Born and raised in NY, Jesse Horwitz studied economics and finance at Columbia University. Horwitz joined the investment team for Columbia University’s endowment in 2013 and then spent a year at Harvard Law School, where he secured an internship with Bridgewater Associates and met his future business partner, Benjamin Cogan. Together Horwitz and Cogan founded Hubble, a direct-to-consumer, subscription contact lens company, where Horwitz focuses his efforts on fundraising, business development and regulation compliance.

Charlie Cole

Speaker | Global Chief eCommerce Officer @ Tumi/Samsonite

Charlie Cole joined TUMI in 2015 as the Company’s Chief Digital Officer. In this role, Mr. Cole is responsible for overseeing and developing the brands’ national and international e-commerce and digital platforms.  Since Samsonite’s acquisition of Tumi in 2016, Charlie has also taken the role of Global Chief eCommerce Officer for Samsonite Corporation – which includes oversight of global strategy for brands such as Samsonite, American Tourister, Hartmann, Gregory, High Sierra and others.

Mr. Cole brings a mix of entrepreneurial and institutional knowledge to the Company with success in both fields, and a focus on creating structures to empower creativity driven by energy and objectivity. Prior to joining TUMI, Mr. Cole held various leadership positions, including serving as CEO of The Line, and head of e-commerce for Lucky Brand and Schiff Nutrition, the largest acquisition of a VMS company in the history of Wall Street.

Eric Tsai

Speaker | VP of Marketing & Analytics @ Joybird

Jeremy Miller

Speaker | VP of Marketing @ Sentient

About the Speakers

Ruthie Ackerman

Moderator | Deputy Editor @ Women@Forbes

Sid Jatia

Speaker | VP of Global eCommerce @ Under Armour

Sid is a business leader with 18 years of successful track record leading large organizations through a digital-first sensibility. Currently, at Under Armour, Sid leads the Global Ecommerce business which is operationalized in 30+ countries. In addition, his team is focused on digital commerce growth with emphasis on Connected Fitness monetization, integrated retail, as well as cultivating and standing up new business models.

An agency veteran, Sid previously spent a decade with Razorfish, leading Omnichannel transformation for brands globally, with notable work for Target, JC Penney, Express and AT&T.

George Nahra

Speaker | SVP of Business Development @ Chico's FAS, Inc. 

George Z. Nahra is Senior Vice President, Business Development of Chico's FAS, Inc. He joined the Company in October 2016 and has over 20 years of retail, consulting and general management experience.

In his new role, which he began in February 2018, Mr. Nahra focuses on building businesses in new, non-core channels and categories that are consistent with Chico’s FAS’ overall strategy, that help amplify each brand’s positioning and drive customer acquisition. Mr. Nahra has signed deals for Chico's FAS with Amazon, Shoprunner, Starboard Cruise Services, Princess Cruise Lines, a new airport operating partner and a new Mexico franchisee. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and International at Chico's FAS.

Mr. Nahra's retail experience includes several years at specialty retailer Abercrombie & Fitch Co. as VP of Strategic Planning and Customer Insights from 2011-2015 and senior merchandiser from 1998-2002. His consulting experience includes serving retail and consumer clients at McKinsey & Co. from 2004-2008, and then running his own consulting firm for several months from 2015-2016. In addition, Mr. Nahra spent several years at Bridgewater Associates as a Senior Management Associate, from 2009-2011.

Mr. Nahra received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his MBA from The Wharton School.

Cheryl Kaplan

Speaker | President @ M. Gemi

Cheryl Kaplan is the Co-Founder and President of M.Gemi, a brand reinventing the luxury market by bringing the highest quality, handcrafted, Italian made footwear directly to consumers at uncommon prices. Cheryl oversees creative and brand management, technology, client experience, merchandising, planning and programming. Under her stewardship, M.Gemi has seen rapid growth in the 3 years since launch- swiftly moving to the forefront of the new luxury market.

Josh Owens

Speaker | CEO @ SupplyKick

About the Speakers

Tiffany Hsu

Moderator | Reporter @ The New York Times

Tiffany Hsu is a breaking news reporter on the Business Desk, where she has written about e-commerce, the evolution of brick and mortar retail, shopping psychology, corporate activism and more. Before joining The Times in 2017 she covered economic and retail news for The Los Angeles Times and earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Beth Ferreira

Speaker | Managing Director @ FirstMark

Beth Ferreira is a Managing Director at FirstMark Capital.  Prior she founded and was the Managing Partner at WME Ventures, the venture capital arm of WME IMG. An accomplished operations leader, company advisor and venture investor, Beth focuses on next generation commerce, consumer tech and enterprise companies.

Prior to this role, Beth was Chief Operating Officer at Fab where she led the strategic development and expansion of the company’s global operations and customer service infrastructure. As an early senior executive at Etsy, Beth served as Vice President, Finance & Operations and played a pivotal role in transforming the company into a lifestyle brand and profitable global e-commerce platform, seeing revenue growth skyrocket during her tenure. Before joining Etsy, Beth has also held positions at Flatiron Partners, The Boston Consulting Group and Union Bank of Switzerland.

Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

Anu Duggal

Speaker | Founding Partner @ Female Founders Fund

Jamison Hill

Speaker | Principal @ Bain Capital Ventures

Jamison joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2014 to invest in application software and consumer companies. Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Jamison held operational roles at Bonobos, an e-commerce-driven apparel brand headquartered in New York City. At Bonobos, Jamison focused on building out both the brand’s analytical capabilities and his own personal wardrobe with the help of an excellent employee discount. He was named to Forbes “30 Under 30” Venture Capital list in 2016.